Most cities with industrial pasts inherit problematic environmental futures. The Steel Yard’s cleanup is a showcase for regenerative design in a tough environment. Within industrial Providence, our project is a public intervention that upends commonly held notions of blighted neighborhoods and shows the potential for real, actively engaged – not simply ‘adaptive’—re-use. The Steel Yard’s landscape for learning embodies the non-profit’s mission through innovative (and necessarily inexpensive) brownfield remediation, stormwater filtration/reduction, purposeful design and placemaking.
Continue reading The Steel Yard | Providence USA | Klopfer Martin Design Group
Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world
Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”
Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”
Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.
Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.
Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?
Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.
It’s been 2 ½ years since Ship Point Plaza was officially opened on Victoria’s Inner Harbour as part of an emotional Canadian Navy Centennial celebration. Since then the plaza has been visited by thousands of locals, tourists and military families who gather to remember loved ones who have served or serve still, or to simply enjoy the view of the harbour and British Columbia’s legislative buildings.
Continue reading Ship Point Plaza | Victoria Canada | LADR Landscape Architects
Exterior of PACCAR Pavilion at the Olympic Sculpture Park by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism | Image Credit Iwan Baan
White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes will open on February 14, 2013, at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery. The exhibition examining emerging trends in museum design through six new art sites that share the common thread of moving beyond the traditional “white cube” gallery space, and that juxtapose the experience of culture, art, architecture, and landscape.
Continue reading EXHIBITION | White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes | Yale School of Architecture Gallery
The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual Conference in Hamburg from 22 to 25 September 2013. ECLAS has put out the call for papers for the 5 topics – NATURE HAPPENED YESTERDAY, WHO OWNS THE LANDSCAPE?, BEST PRACTICE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND STRUCTURES and EVENTS AND CONVERSION. The conference will be hosted by the Hafen City University Hamburg and is curated and coordinated by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christiane Sörensen.
Continue reading ECLAS 2013 Conference | “SPECIFICS” | Call for Papers
This Week’s landscape links
The Green Team Part 7: From Field to Park | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“The landscape architect’s job doesn’t end when she leaves the nursery. The trees we’ve selected must be maintained, cared for, and prepped in anticipation of delivering them to the project for installation. ”
The 1934 Plan to Fill In the Hudson River for $1 Billion | Jessica Dailey | Curbed
“In 1934, an engineer named Norman Sper proposed filling in the Hudson River to create an additional ten square miles for city development.”
Peavey Plaza Now Registered As Historic Place | CBS Minnesota
Downtown Minneapolis’ Peavey Plaza has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) announced Thursday.
Reuse and the Cultural Landscape | Vince Michael | Time tells
“In a real sense, the challenge is to fine-tune our approaches so that we can find new markets, new functions, new value in both elements of a cultural landscape: the tangible and the intangible.”
Guide To Integrate Green Infrastructure Into Stormwater Permits | Jeffrey Odefey | American Rivers
“Polluted runoff remains a significant source of pollution largely because the permits that regulate it are based on a poorly defined and highly discretionary standard that calls for measures that reduce stormwater “to the maximum extent practicable.” ”
Who’s on First? Unlocking the potential of dispersed teams | Maria Manion, Rachel Casanova, & Roshelle Ritzenthaler | ideas+buildings
7 points that Perkins+Will have shared their best practices with a growing population of remote teams
Another week of landscape links from around the world
L.A. River: From Eyesore to Opportunity | WSJ VIDEO (4mins29s)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study to find ways to restore habitats in and around the Los Angeles River, bringing people and wildlife back to the city’s original source of life
How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms | Sarah Zielinski | NPR
“Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations,” Taylor says.
Reviving Europe’s Biodiversity By Importing Exotic Animals | Christian Schwägerl | Yale Environment 360
“Scientists are conducting intriguing — and counterintuitive — experiments at several sites in Germany: Bringing back long-lost herbivores, such as water buffalo, to encourage the spread of native plants that have fared poorly in Europe’s human-dominated landscape.”
NYC is turning 12,000 old parking meters into bike racks | Tyler Falk | Smart Planet
The city’s department of transportation has signed a $2 million contract to turn 12,000 old parking meter poles into bike racks.
Why Floor and Brown Left SmithGroupJJR | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
An interview with Kristina Floor, FASLA and Chris Brown, FASLA, about leaving SmithGroupJJR after merging 4 years ago.
Winter 2013 Landscape Architecture Walks: Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail | OALA
The OALA Social Committee is inviting members join them on Saturday 19 January to a Walk of the award winning Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail project (In Toronto) lead by Jim Melvin from PMA Landscape Architects.
Meeting the Northwest Livability Challenge | University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts is holding a panel discussion in Portland on Wednesday, January 16.